Obama: ‘Health Insurance … Is Your Right’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 19, 2013 | 4:07 PM EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday that in the United States of America health insurance is now “your right.”

“So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to,” Obama said of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). “Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege--it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way.”

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government has the authority to order Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. However, the Court did not rule that people have a “right” to the health insurance the government orders them to buy.

“Free checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care,” Obama said, listing some of the things Americans will get under Obamacare. “Discounted prescription medicine on Medicare. The fact you can stay on your parents’ plan until you turn 26. And much, much more. And it’s okay if you’re not a fan of the Affordable Care Act--you can take advantage of these things anyway.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in 2023, ten years after the full implementation of Obamacare and its health insurence mandate, there will still be 31 million uninsured non-elderly people in the United States. The CBO also estimated that Obamacare will cost the federal government a net $1.363 trilion over the next decade.